In a decision published on February 8, 2013, the Second Appellate District Court ruled in favor of JMBM client Troesh Materials, LLC in a challenge brought pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) against the County of Santa Barbara’s approval of Troesh’s Diamond Rock Sand and Gravel Mine and Processing Facility (the “Diamond Rock Mine”). The decision, Save Cuyama Valley v. County of Santa Barbara (Case No. B233318), ruled on several important grounds under CEQA, and is further notable because it upholds the County’s approval of an in-stream mining project within the bed of the Cuyama River. Troesh Materials, LLC was represented before the trial court and court of appeal by JMBM’s natural resources lawyers. The underlying County approval effort for Troesh’s Diamond Rock Mine was led by JMBM partner Kerry Shapiro, leader of the Firm’s land use group in San Francisco and chair of its Natural Resources and Mining Group.